Over the last couple of hours we have looked at some individual award winners at today's Japanese boxing awards, held in the amazing Tokyo Dome Hotel. For those who just want to see the winners in a list here we go:
The MVP was:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
The Skills Award was won by:
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成]
The KO Award was won by:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
Special Award was won by:
Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]
The Effort Award was won by:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義]
The Newcomer Award was won by:
Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登]
The Best World title Fight:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]
The Best Japanese Domestic fight:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾]
Female fighter of the year was:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ]
Female Fight of the Year was:
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子]
Trainer of the Year was:
Shingo Inoue [井上真吾]
A Special Achievement Award was won by:
Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介]
Special Prizes were given to:
Toshiyuki Igarashi [五十嵐 俊幸]
Naoko Shibata [柴田 直子]
Nana Yoshikawa [好川 菜々]
Ryuya Yamanaka [山中 竜也]
And Momo Koseki [小関 桃]
A social Contribution prize was given too:
Naoko Fujioka (17-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子]
JBC Service Achievements were won by
Akira Tabata, who has served as a timekeeper, and Hiroyuki Tokuzaki, a referee who sadly passed away in October.
Several other officials earned awards for their roles in the sport as well, as did Atsushi Sato, a producer at WOWOW.
It's also worth noting that every male fighter who held a world title at some point during the year won an Outstanding Fighter Award, this is a normal thing to recognise all champions. We won't list them all here though they obviously included Kenshiro [拳四朗] and Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] among others.
As for amateur awards, the best male fighter was:
Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介]
and the best female fighter was:
Tsukimi Namiki [並木月海]
(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
Revenge can be cathartic and we suspect that's how Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] feels right now after avenging a loss to Takafumi Nakajima (29-12-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文] at the Korakuen Hall.
Wake had lost a close decision to Nakajima almost 7 years ago, before he has his meteoric rise through to becoming a feature in the world rankings. That loss has left Wake's record at 10-4-2 (5). Since then he has gone 16-1 (13) and gained revenge today by stopping Nakajima in the 6th round.
Nakajima started the bout aggressively, jumping out at Wake and trying to get to his man early on. It was a good gameplan, stopping Wake settling into his rhythm. Unfortunately for Nakajima it didn't take long for Wake to figure him out, and find a home for his patented left hands. From then on it seemed clear that Wake would win, but it was a case of how he would win, and how much he would have to exert himself.
Round by round Wake became more and more dominant, with rounds 3 and 4 clear ones for the former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion. Nakajima did attempt to turn up the head in round 5, and put Wake under more pressure, but Wake still looked to be in total control, landing accurate counters and finding all sorts of gaps in Nakajima's defenses.
Those gaps in Nakajima's defense always left the feeling that Wake could take him out. In round 6 a counter shot dropped Nakajima, who struggled to his feet. The bout, with some referees, would have been stopped but as Nakajima beat the count the referee let the bout go on. Wake however didn't want the bout to continue, and rushed Nakajima, unloading until he dropped his man a second time. This time the referee stopped the action, immediately.
At the moment Wake is listed on boxrec as having a bout set for February against Cesar Juarez, it's unclear currently if that bout is actually taking place or not. If so it won't be long until we see Wake in the ring again. As for Nakajima, this could well be the end for the 34 year veteran.
Polish betting website STS have odds available for tomorrow's Super Bantamweight bout between Japanese fighters Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] and Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], who will be having a rematch of their May 2012 bout which Nakajima won.
Sadly whilst the Polish site has got a couple of markets open on the bout, they certainly don't see the contest as being competitive. In fact they have priced Wake as a 1.03, or 1/33, favourite. Essentially seeing him as the very clear favourite. Nakajima on the other hand has been priced at 6.25, or 21/4, to win beat Wake and move their rivalry to 2-0.
What is a much more interesting market for this fight is the "Length of Bout" market. STS have priced the over/under at 8.5 rounds, with the under being priced at 1.90, or 9/10, and the other being 1.70, or 7/10. We can't help but feel that Wake will be looking to make a statement and the under certainly would be appealing to us if we had an account with the bookies.
Sadly, at the time of writing no UK bookmakers have priced this bout up.
Tomorrow we'll see world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] attempt to avenge his last loss on the domestic scene, as he takes on Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文].
These two men met over 6 and a half years ago, with Nakajima taking a decision over the then unknown Wake, who has since won the OPBF title and fought for a world title. Nakajima has struggled to score big wins since the win over Wake, but has challenged for Japanese and OPBF titles.
Today the two men took part in the weigh in for their bout, and both men made weight.
On the scales Wake was dead on the limit Super Bantamweight limit and looked in great shape. The sharp shooting southpaw stated that he was happy to have the chance to avenge his defeat to Nakajima and was wanting to overwhelm tomorrow before moving towards a second world title fight.
The older, more experienced, Nakajima came in a touch lighter at 121.7lbs He seemed excited about the opportunity to face Wake, especially after suffering back to back losses coming in to this fight, but also revealed that he feels he has a chance against Wake and knows his weak point.
It's clear that whilst both fighters have developed since their May 2012 clash Wake has gone on to do a lot, lot more than his conqueror, but this is still something he wants to right.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be aired live on Japanese channel G+.
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It's worth noting that Wake's close friend, and fellow Japanese southpaw, Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] had long been linked to an eliminator with Juarez though it now appears that Iwasa has missed out due to Wake.
It is worth noting that this bout would depend on Wake getting through Saturday's bout not just with a win but also without being cut, which wouldn't heal in the next 4 weeks. With that in mind Iwasa may well be on standby for the contest, and he was seen sparring with Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] in December suggesting he will be in fighting shape come February if needed.
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